How To Set Up Your Cross Country Mountain Bike | XC MTB Set Up Tips

How To Set Up Your Cross Country Mountain Bike | XC MTB Set Up Tips

Mountain bike set up is a very personal choice, everyone is a different shape and size so getting your bike dialled in to maximise comfort and efficiency is worthwhile. XC bikes and racers can take this to the next level, it’s the kind of bike or ride you’ll put hundreds of hours on so having your cross country MTB set up either for mile munching or racing is really important. Here’s Rich to show you how.

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50 Comments

  1. Lyle Hoanshelt on January 25, 2023 at 2:53 am

    Yes plz,

  2. Matthias GUTHARDT on January 25, 2023 at 2:53 am

    I ride mainly on Vittoria tyres (Barzo and Mezcal), it”s written that it’s not recommended to use a pressure under 2, 0 bars.
    You say you inflate them at 24 psi (1,6 bars) for the back and 22 psi (1.5 bars) for the front, is it safe despite what Vittoria says ?

  3. Nik Verschuren on January 25, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Loving the xc gets more attention lately. Love rich and gmbn. 👍🏻👍🏻 my stem is also a dropper, aggressive posture and more pressure on the front wheel. I did a cycle fit, for me it’s the most efficient position.

  4. Timmyfranks on January 25, 2023 at 2:55 am

    I watched this to set up my enduro bike. I just did the opposite of whatever he said

  5. Wayne Shumaker on January 25, 2023 at 2:55 am

    I busted my Garmin when mounted out front, as you show, in a crash. I now use the Edge mountain bike mount for my replacement Garmin.

  6. XCCnal on January 25, 2023 at 2:55 am

    Just get a bike fit

  7. Think Pad on January 25, 2023 at 2:56 am

    I’m confused as why people want to spend so many thousands of dollars on carbon crapola thats as ugly as a Nike shoe. good video but new bikes are disgusting to me. cheers.

  8. Jamie McDonald on January 25, 2023 at 2:57 am

    thanks for sharing al the XC info. I liked the info about tires pressures and maybe inserts. Noticed your running the Barzo and Agarro…how do you like that setup?

  9. Ray Glasscock on January 25, 2023 at 2:57 am

    New forks I’m getting rock shock lyrics I’m sure don’t have lock out?

  10. knight daemon on January 25, 2023 at 2:57 am

    My shoulder is too broad for short handlebars….

  11. Movingek on January 25, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Very helpful

  12. Chris In Stasis on January 25, 2023 at 2:57 am

    Love the "tilt" sound effect! 😂 Urk? Erk? Eee-irk?

  13. lucca guimarães on January 25, 2023 at 2:58 am

    Glad that you gave us xc riders some attention. Love this channel

  14. escamunich A on January 25, 2023 at 2:59 am

    Looks like you’re wearing office slacks

  15. Bryce on January 25, 2023 at 3:01 am

    Can anyone help? Which bike is better and which do you recommend I get ?

    Boardman MTR 8.6 Mens Mountain Bike 2021 – S, M, L, XL Frames
    Or
    VooDoo Canzo Full Suspension Mens Mountain Bik

  16. BloodCraft on January 25, 2023 at 3:04 am

    Isit possible to set up my downcountry bike as a short travel trail bike

  17. Cryptoduck on January 25, 2023 at 3:06 am

    Yessssss

  18. Global Mountain Bike Network on January 25, 2023 at 3:07 am

    Do you want to see more cross country videos?

  19. Arnold Patricio Vlogs on January 25, 2023 at 3:07 am

    Nice video sir

  20. D Young on January 25, 2023 at 3:10 am

    What is a token?

  21. Adrian Jasper Lim on January 25, 2023 at 3:11 am

    is he using poc ventral lite?

  22. Martyn Price on January 25, 2023 at 3:12 am

    I upgraded my specialized camber 750 bars for 800mm, feel much better with the extra width and rise, I’m a tall rider with log arms lol

  23. Christian Santos on January 25, 2023 at 3:16 am

    @0:46 That’s a real person right? (Background)

  24. Eduardo Salgado on January 25, 2023 at 3:16 am

    probably you have heard this, but you are like "Top Gear" of the mountain bikes!! y really enjoy your videos greetings from Mexico!

  25. Pat Paulo on January 25, 2023 at 3:17 am

    Bar width all about ergonomics and not fashion. Bar width needs to fit you. Should never try and fit yourself to your bars. This width is independent of bike type as it’s you that bars that need to fit to. So if for example 740mm is perfect for you, this is the width you need on any type of MTB whether this is a downhill beast or an XC ripper. You know if you’ve gone too wide when your shoulders hurt. Better to avoid unnecessary injury and fit your bars properly to yourself.

  26. Jennifer Plumley on January 25, 2023 at 3:22 am

    Can seat be lowered?

  27. Elvean Galang on January 25, 2023 at 3:22 am

    I love your bike setup. Gonna do that too to mine if you don’t mind 👍

  28. Ross Stewart on January 25, 2023 at 3:23 am

    Great video Rich 👍
    I have Barzo’s on my Scout excellent tyres real game changer when I fitted them.
    Garmin out front mount getting fitted this week for a 80-85 mile epic I’m riding this weekend 😁
    Awesome stuff #GMBN 🤘
    TOODLES

  29. Jason Etter on January 25, 2023 at 3:23 am

    "You’ve probably noticed these really long absolutely lammed negative rise on all of the pro’s bikes" ….Guy rides by camera with riser bars and GMBN shirt on.

  30. tourinjohn on January 25, 2023 at 3:25 am

    Spotted the Orbea Alma; mine is a lower-spec M25 with XT mechanicals. Just wondering if your air-pressure is based on tubeless (assumption) and how much more pressure would be necessary for running tubes. We have well-groomed trails around the SF Bay Area and I use 28 PSI front and 30 rear. Too much? Can I safely air down a few pounds?

  31. Jarod 144 on January 25, 2023 at 3:26 am

    Cyclocrosscountry bike

  32. Jodie Jo on January 25, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Ro

  33. Andrew Davey on January 25, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Nice informative video, but “Quimcarn Forest”! C’mon, it’s not difficult to get the name right. Cwmcarn. 🙄

  34. Ian Fleischhacker on January 25, 2023 at 3:27 am

    At no point in xc history was a race ever won or lost due to the weight of the chosen grips. In fact, I’d wager that no placing has ever been due to the weight of a grips.
    In any endurance event, mental fortitude, focus, and strategy are by-and-large what separate anyone from their nearest competitors (gearing range excluded).

  35. SOG SOG on January 25, 2023 at 3:30 am

    Hey ..what’s your bikes tire size please??

  36. DSE Outdoors on January 25, 2023 at 3:30 am

    My xc has 2.8 tires 🤯

  37. theinstigatorr on January 25, 2023 at 3:33 am

    Full trousers or shorts for cross country?

  38. Sean Florian on January 25, 2023 at 3:33 am

    Everytime I see scuff marks at handlebar height on trees I’m thankful for my skinny 650mm bars

  39. John Anthony on January 25, 2023 at 3:35 am

    Can I have that bike for free?😳

  40. Beaker Biker on January 25, 2023 at 3:36 am

    Set up tip #1 Change out of office pants before shooting mountain bike video.

  41. Cryptoduck on January 25, 2023 at 3:36 am

    Xc for life

  42. DarkoDM on January 25, 2023 at 3:39 am

    I got XC hardtail,27.5 2.25 tires and 50 kg,can somebody answer me which tire pressure is best for me ?thanks.

  43. Christopher O'Shea on January 25, 2023 at 3:39 am

    Love your channel keep it going

  44. razvan6899 on January 25, 2023 at 3:42 am

    What is the size of that bike?

  45. Arnold Francisco on January 25, 2023 at 3:42 am

    How about the drive train set up? 🙂

  46. David Eriksson on January 25, 2023 at 3:43 am

    In a context of XC, calling a Vittoria Barzo "something faster rolling" is like taking a tractor to an F1 race for its "improved handling". It has tons of grip but rolls as well as a cube on flat ground compared tires like the Mezcal or Peyote, or even Terreno which offers superb rolling and way more grip than people think when it’s not muddy.

  47. Jerohm Jallorina on January 25, 2023 at 3:44 am

    How about wheel/rim width? 25mm? 30mm? What goes well with what tyre width? #GMBN

  48. Charles Jenkins on January 25, 2023 at 3:47 am

    Those grips are not foam!!! ESI Grips are closed form silicone.

  49. Sean Florian on January 25, 2023 at 3:48 am

    I feel like you wouldn’t want to be super forward when climbing. You want your weight closer to the rear wheel so the wheel doesn’t slip

  50. carforumwanker on January 25, 2023 at 3:50 am

    missed the biggest set up mistake….. the setting of the gear and brake leavers .where on the handle bars and what angle position etc

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